Artists 

The line-up for Island View’s debut Jazz and Blues festival includes Roger Fox, Paul Ubana Jones, Isaiah Brunt and many more…

Rodger FOX – FunkBone Experience Band

Roger Fox is New Zealand’s foremost jazz trombonist, big band leader, jazz educator, arranger and producer. Fox has performed in concerts with some of the biggest names in the jazz world and has performed with his Big Band in the Global Festival arena including at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Island View Jazz and Blues festival will see Fox bring the Rodger Fox FunkBone Experience with special vocalist Erna Ferry. This 6-piece band will cover many styles of jazz, funk and blues and is a hit with any age group.

Isaiah Brunt

Isaiah has been a top Aussie production guy and former studio owner of Darling Harbor studios who's worked along side some of Australia's top groups including solo projects by Rob Hirst, Midnight Oil, Steve Prestwich, Cold Chisel, Julio Iglesias and his Orchestra, American Idols Randy Jackson and Goo Goo Dolls have rehearsed there during Australian tours. Not only has Isaiah been behind the board for globally upper echelon bands he's been a go-to side man for bands touring down under like the time Keanu Reeves band Dog Star hit Sydney and Isaiah recorded them aiding them on their shows around Sydney. 

All the while he was working with other peoples music, Isaiah always knew where his heart lay. The same place it first was when he heard his father strum the ukulele, blow harmonica and unleash the lap steel.

Isaiah was the 2010 Sydney Blues Society's Performer of the Year and some of you may have caught him at the 2011 IBC, probably the best dressed cat in Memphis and good enough musically to be one of the very few to be reviewed in The Memphis Daily.   

Midge Marsden & Big Blues

Marsden's career spans four decades, and during that time he has played thousands of concerts in New Zealand and introduced several generations of New Zealanders to the blues. He was voted New Zealand Entertainer of the Year in 1990, and his 1991 album Burning Rain later went gold. Marsden has toured the USA four times, and each time he has played with and befriended artists such as Little Willy Foster, Bobby Mack, Ronnie Taylor, and Australian Dave Boyle. He has encouraged all these artists to tour New Zealand, and thus broadened New Zealanders' appreciation of blues music. Marsden was a student at the University of Mississippi in 1996, from where he graduated with a Diploma in Southern Studies, and more recently he has tutored at Waikato Institute of Technology in "Bluesology". In the 2006 New Year Honours, Marsden was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to music. Marsden was a friend of Stevie Ray Vaughan; upon living in Texas at various times he would stay at Vaughan's house for months on end. He toured with Vaughan a few times, playing harmonica.[2] In October 2018 he was presented with the President's Medallion from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand.

Neil Billington

Neil Billington is one of the leading harmonica players to come out of New Zealand, and combines a rare capacity for both the traditional blues harmonica and the less typical chromatic harmonica. Billington has recently returned from a tour in Japan performing and sharing his love for all things music. He will be performing at Island View Jazz and Blues Festival in a trio with the well-known Raven Mavens.

Raven Mavens

The Raven Mavens lead singer and keyboardist Cindy Muggeridge with clarinettist Marian Carter, bring harmony, humour and a wide range of songs to the stage. Island View Jazz and Blues festival will see Neil Billington join the group for a new and exciting gig that is not to be missed.

Mike Garner

Mike Garner is a big name in the New Zealand Blues scene and has also performed internationally in countries including England, Germany and Japan. Garner’s latest record features acoustic old time blues and originals with a guest appearance by Neil Billington on the Harmonica and Robbie Laven on the fiddle. This festival will see Garner and Robbie Laven team up for an epic Jazz and Blues performance.

DOVETAIL

Robbie Laven

Since emerging from the Auckland folk scene Robbie Laven has become one of New Zealand's most respected musicians, playing a host of instruments in styles ranging from folk and jazz to Latin and rock. Along with partner Marion Arts, Laven spent a decade abroad, playing major festivals in Holland, Belgium, Denmark and Ireland. The pair currently lead gypsy Jazz ensemble Bonjour Swing.  Laven can play ragtime and Americana, featuring acoustic guitars, resonators, a mandolin, lap steel and washboard. See him team up with the Mike Garner for this festival.

JADE

Jade Pritchard is one of the most popular solo acoustic performers in NZ, once opening for Santana in his Auckland show a few years back. The former frontman for the acclaimed band Coast, Prichard is now primarily a solo performer within the Auckland music scene and around the Bay. Pritchard’s smooth soulful vocals and outstanding guitar playing of both originals and covers will be a must see.

The Noise

Forrest Thorp and Shaun Loper 

Jinan Dodd

Whakatane based local musician Jinan Dodd Specialising in Blues has been playing the guitar for over 7 years and has opened himself up to a wide range of genres. Influenced by the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tommy Emmanuel, Justin Timberlake and Marvin Gaye. Since discovering his feel for performing at 17, he is progressing rapidly and enjoying the New Zealand music scene. With his high falsetto and sexy guitar licks, Jinan and his guitar are not to be missed.

Ree Thomson & Matt Fitzpatrick

Ree and Matt share a passion for Blues, Jazz, and Funk. After discovering each other's common callings in 2011 whilst studying Music together, they have been performing and creating together ever since in various covers and originals bands.

Island View Jazz and Blues Festival will see them as their dynamic two-piece. Having played a variety of different engagements and gigs, they have curated an irresistible setlist over the last few years, ensuring your entertainment and delight.

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